Lawyers spar over gag order in Hernandez trial

Dec. 23, 2013 at 6:45 PM   |   0 comments

FALL RIVER, Mass., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- After attorneys in the Fall River, Mass., murder case of Aaron Hernandez made charges of poisoning public opinion, the judge offered no ruling on a gag order.

Superior Court Judge E, Susan Garsh took the matter of a gag order, suggested by the defense, under advisement, delaying a decision that would order all parties to refrain from making prejudicial comments to the public, in particular any leaking of information about the case to the media, the (Fall River) Herald News reported Monday.

Hernandez, a former member the New England Patriots, is charged with murder in the June shooting dearth of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez lawyers accused the Bristol County District Attorney's Office of tipping off reporters that Michael Pouncey of the Miami dolphins, Hernandez' college roommate, would be given a subpoena to testify before a grand jury investigating Hernandez' alleged involvement in gun trafficking, a move they called a "publicity stunt."

"The media had a prejudicial effect against the defendant," one of Hernandez' lawyers, Michael Fee, said.

First Assistant District Attorney William, McCauley countered that no information was leaked, adding the defense team "is trying to stir this pot of misconduct as a desperate attempt to move (attention) away from the evidence."

McCauley said the prosecution was not adverse to a formal gag order, in principle.

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